Affordable Access To French-Language Child Care
McGuinty Government Adds 266 Spaces In French-Language Schools
Francophone families now have improved access to quality, affordable child care with the creation of 266 new French-language spaces.
These new spaces are part of the government's plan to help increase access to affordable, licensed child care. Eligibility for financial assistance is based on net family income.
Expanding the number of child care spaces will help attract students to French-language schools and promote the vitality of Ontario's vibrant Francophone communities. Parents are more likely to send their child to a French-language school if they have already developed a good relationship with the school through the child care centre.
The creation of these new spaces stems from a recommendation of the Minister's Permanent Task Force on French-language Education. The task force found that Francophone children who attend French-language child care centres can acquire solid French-language skills that are critical to their success in school.
Making child care more affordable builds on the McGuinty government's commitment to develop a poverty reduction strategy that will expand opportunities for children and low-income families so they can reach their full potential and contribute to a strong economy.
- Funding is being provided through the ministries of Education – $4 million and Children and Youth Services – $2 million.
- Children and Youth Services announced a $23 million-investment earlier this year to help 3,000 children benefit from licensed care.
- Ontario has created more than 22,000 new child care spaces over the past three years and is investing more than $869 million in child care in 2008-09
“Adding child care centres in French-language schools will help Francophone children to develop language skills sooner and be more successful. And it will make our French-language schools more responsive to the needs of parents.”
“We know that high quality, affordable child care increases opportunities for the whole family. Increasing access to quality French language early learning will help parents balance the demands of work and raising their kids.”
“I am delighted that Francophones will have better access to child care, in their own language and in their own schools. These new child care spaces are just some of the concrete actions that demonstrate this government's commitment to Francophones in Ontario.”